Letters to the editor of May 28, 2022: the choices are necessary | Letters


Choices are key

Roe V. Wade was a landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that protected the rights of pregnant women to have abortions. If the case is overturned, the states will likely refer back to previous laws.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion said “the Constitution makes no reference to abortion,” so “the inevitable conclusion is that the right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the history and traditions of the nation”. Moreover, this concept could mean that anything not deeply rooted in our constitution is invalid, which would affect other rights that are not explicitly protected.

Women have many reasons for having an abortion. Although people insist that they use it as a form of birth control, it can occur for reasons such as: the patient is sexually assaulted; there are fetal/physical health issues; the patient is not emotionally/mentally mature or financially stable; or the patient’s life is in danger.

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Everything in life is perspective, and there can be no strict guidelines for every practice in this world. During the pandemic, many people were frustrated with having to wear masks in public, often using language like “my body, my choice.”

There are a multitude of choices we can make in life, but limiting the freedom of others to satisfy personal morality leads to more danger than we imagine. You may not agree with the way your neighbors live their lives, but at the end of the day, you have yours, because choices are key.

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